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Marion County man back in custody for role in Capitol riot, feds say

Michael Curzio was originally arrested near House atrium

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A Marion County man who was initially arrested when he was caught near the House atrium during a riot at the Capitol has been taken back into custody, according to the FBI.

Michael Curzio, of Summerfield, was arrested again Thursday in Marion County.

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A federal statement of facts produced by the United States Capitol Police shows that as throngs of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 as Congress was preparing to certify electoral votes confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win, Curzio managed to make his way to the upper level of the United States Capitol Visitor Center near the door to the House Atrium.

“In a loud and clear voice, Capitol Police Officers ordered the crowd to leave the building. The crowd did not comply and instead responded by shouting and cursing at the Capitol Police officers,” the statement read.

Curzio and the five others who were with him in the area were arrested and issued citations to appear, records show.

He’s facing charges of unlawful entry, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The FBI Jacksonville Division said Curzio was among one of the first rioters to be charged.

“The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights, but we will not tolerate those who seek to incite violence or wreak havoc on our established institutions,” Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division Rachel L. Rojas said in a news release. “We will continue to hold accountable those who were responsible for last week’s violent actions, and coordinate with our federal, state, and local partners to ensure safety in all North Florida communities in the future.”

Michael Curzio
Michael Curzio (Marion County Jail)

No further details about the arrest were immediately available, although the FBI said Curzio was a “wanted subject.”

According to online records, Curzio served eight years in prison on a charge of attempted first-degree murder. He was released from prison in February 2019, records show.

At least six Florida men have been arrested in connection with the Capitol breach, including a Sanford firefighter who was taken into custody Tuesday.

Anyone with information about someone who was involved in the riot can find details on how to report them here.


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